October 1, 2010 - 14:17 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Showtime Sports hosted a press conference Thursday at The Conga Room, L.A. Live, to formally introduce and discuss Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All that begins Saturday, Dec. 11. In attendance was Ken Hershman, Showtime Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, the four world class boxers who will participate in the two-round, single-elimination tournament to determine the best fighter at 118 pounds – International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), former world champions Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) and Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) and world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (29-0-1) – and their promoters.
The semifinal matchups: Perez defends his title against Agbeko and Darchinyan and Mares vie for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Belt The bouts are scheduled for 12 rounds. The winners of each semifinal will clash in the final in 2011 with the losing fighters competing in a consolation fight.
Each of the participants in the bantamweight tournament has previously fought at least one of the other fighters in competitive bouts.
“This is a great tournament. It has the interest of the fans. It has the interest of the fighters and once and for all you’ll know who the best really is. There are four great fighters. I have a lot of respect for all of them. Agbeko fought a great fight and Darchinyan had concrete between his ears, didn’t listen to his corner and I believe cost himself the fight, but Yonnhy finished the unfinished work of Vic by finishing Agbeko off,” Darchinyan’s promoter Gary Shaw said.
“I’m happy I’m fighting in Mexico. My style is a Mexican style, guys are coming to fight, coming for a show, so that’s what I’m going to do. Mexicans love my style. I am not against them, I am not against anyone. I’m just against my opponent. It just happens Mexicans have been my opponents, which is good. Mexicans are good fighters,” fightnews.com cited Darchinyan as saying.